Thursday, June 16, 2011

Continuous Partial Attention

Thursday, June 16, 2011

One of my favorite scenes from the 2010 movie, The Social Network, goes like this:

Gage: Mr. Zuckerberg, do I have your full attention?
Mark Zuckerberg: [stares out the window] No.
Gage: Do you think I deserve it?
Mark Zuckerberg: [looks at Gage] What?
Gage: Do you think I deserve your full attention?
Mark Zuckerberg: I had to swear an oath before we began this deposition, and I don't want to perjure myself, so I have a legal obligation to say no.
Gage: Okay - no. You don't think I deserve your attention.
Mark Zuckerberg: I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try - but there's no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention - you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing. [pauses]
Mark Zuckerberg: Did I adequately answer your condescending question?


Talking to people unwilling and incapable of giving you their full attention makes you ask yourself if you, indeed, deserve their attention. Perhaps you don’t. Perhaps you do. Either way, get over it. And you shouldn’t be demanding too much from frazzled minds trying to cope with this new world order of multitasking and distraction, should you?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

is "continues partial attention" same category as "reality fiction"?

Angeli said...

no, it's satire.

peace, honey. :)

unstranger said...

I've never had a conversation like that. Or maybe I did! I think perhaps many years ago when I was a child in school and daydreaming was a constant. I probably drove some teachers to distraction back then. At least I could have.

eks said...

galing! really enjoyed this part f the movie, too. :)

 
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